Argentina, Chile & Brazil

The ‘heartland’ of South America – and the easiest to access from New Zealand, with direct flights from Auckland to Santiago with LAN, and then good connections to Buenos Aires or Rio De Janeiro, and then from either to Iguassu Falls. There’s also a good (if rather complicated!) LAN Airpass… Read the rest

Paraty by Ian Collier

Three and a half hours south of Rio is the historical gem of Paraty, an ideal respite from the craziness of Rio! The coastal drive is long and winding, but it’s well worth the journey as the town enjoys a great spot with steep jungle-covered mountains at its back and… Read the rest


The Pantanal by Ian Collier

In June 2014, I visited the Pantanal region of Brazil for 3 nights during the Soccer World Cup. I had been recommend the Pantanal rather than the Brazilian Amazon as the best place to see birdlife at this time of year as it’s the largest continuous wetland on the planet,… Read the rest


Iguassu Falls by Ian Collier

I had the privilege to visit both the Argentine & Brazilian sides of the majestic Iguassu Falls in June last year, and can highly recommend this extraordinary experience. Iguazu means ‘big waters’ in the local Guarani language – which is something of an understatement! It’s a sequence of hundreds of… Read the rest


Walking the Chilean Lakes by Ian Collier

Chile is one of my favourite countries in South America – I’ve travelled the length of this “long thin” country from Punta Arenas at the Southernmost tip in Patagonia to the far northern town of Arica in the Atacama desert. I’ve always enjoyed their great culture of outdoor living, the… Read the rest


My favourite spots in Rio by Peter Dunne

Life happens outside in Rio, the beaches are the focal point for everyone as practically everybody lives in apartments; Copacabana is everybody’s back garden! Where to go ?  As I said, Rio is all about the beaches so let’s take a look at them. Copacabana– Synonymous with Rio’s golden age… Read the rest


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Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Backcountry Trek

7 Days From NZD $2,890 pp twinshare
Small group
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This unique trek offers the chance to delve deep into the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinean Patagonia experiencing classic landscapes with steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests. You’ll carry a full pack and the benefits of this self sufficiency will become quickly evident.… Read the rest

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Chilean Fjords – The Kaweskar Route

4 Days From NZD $3,250 pp twinshare
Cruise
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Enjoy a stunning cruise along the west coast of Chile with its glacier-studded fjords, emerald lakes and channels. For the nature lover, this opens up opportunities to see the multitude of wildlife found in these waters including dolphins, seabirds, foxes and condors. On board lectures and daily activities make this… Read the rest